'' Choosing not to back down'': Power of Love gala raises cash, honors Agassi

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L.E. Baskow Andre Agassi and wife Stefanie Graf present with celeb Chef Michael Mina on the red carpet for Keep Memory Alive’s 21st annual Power of Love Gala inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

| 2 a.m. Keep Memory Alive 2017 Launch slideshow”With nearly one in 4 U.S. grownups struggling with some form of brain damage or neurological

condition, moneying for research study to cure such illnesses is needed more than ever, stated philanthropist Larry Ruvo on Thursday at a yearly fundraising event supporting a renowned Las Vegas research study and treatment center named after his daddy. Lou Ruvo, who passed away from problems of Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, has actually been the motivation for the Cleveland Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

. The center, which is ranked yearly in the United States News and World Report’s “Honor Roll “for best healthcare facilities, has actually served more than 108,000 patients and has trained over 400 doctor considering that opening its Las Vegas doors in 2010.”Tonight has to do with continuing that pledge and choosing not to back down, “Ruvo stated at the star-studded occasion, which featured an almost two-hour red carpet event followed by a three-hour gala.

“It’s to make sure our efforts continue.”The 21st annual variation of the Power of Love fundraising gala, held inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, welcomed about 1,550 guests, the majority of whom paid$1,500 to $5,000 per person for a seat at a table. Guests

were dealt with to three-course meals including meals from celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina. The arena-turned-ballroom featured sparkling streams of beads hanging from the ceiling with purple lighting up the pink table linens and myriad wine glasses listed below. Las Vegan Andre Agassi received the 2017 Keep Memory Alive Neighborhood Leadership award for exactly what Ruvo called”passionate, compassionate “philanthropy and for”making education accessible for those who cannot manage it.” The former tennis player turned education philanthropist moved other half Stefanie Graf and others in the sold-out crowd to tears in announcing a$1 million donation to the center while on stage. Agassi, whose structure opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in 2001, credited his high ambition and enthusiasm for tennis and education as factors for his success in both fields, and ability to make a difference.”I did dream, and I dreamt big, “Agassi said. Businessman-philanthropist Ronald Perelman and performer Siegfried Fischbacher were also honored by Ruvo throughout the gala, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman likewise stepped briefly to the phase to announce ceremonial dates in 2017 called in their honor. The event likewise included both silent and live auctions, where whatever from fashion jewelry pieces to

remain at Las Vegas Strip hotels and a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’team jet for a game this season were up for quote. A tennis lesson with Agassi and Graf cost$85,000 throughout the live auction, while a limited-edition, marble Steinway grand piano paired with a private performance by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli cost $650,000. Previous Oakland and Los Angeles Raider Lester Hayes was one of five agents of the NFL franchise in attendance on Thursday night, consisting of owner Mark Davis, previous head coach Tom Flores, former quarterback Jim Plunkett and former running back Napoleon McCallum. Dressed in an all-white match with white gator skin shoes and championship rings from Super Bowls XV and XVIII on his right-hand man, Hayes stated the subject of brain health was of personal significance due to the fact that of friends and family who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Hayes, who played 10 seasons with the Raiders from 1977 to 1986, stated he did not believe he sustained significant mental retardation during his time in the NFL but understood previous teammates whose lives were negatively impacted by head injuries.”We have to keep researching so we can better comprehend head injuries,” Hayes said.”It ‘d be remarkable if one day we could somehow avoid them.”Thursday’s gala likewise featured musical performances by Jon Bon Jovi, who sang acoustic versions of”Who Says You Cannot Go House,” “Livin’ On A Prayer,””You Provide Love A Bad Name, “and covered the Beatles ‘” Here Comes the Sun.”Jennifer Hudson closed the night with crooning renditions of hit songs”Hallelujah,”” Remember Me”and” I Still Love You”among others,

bringing the mentally moved crowd to a standing ovation.

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